Saturday, June 2, 2018
June 2-3, 2018: May 2018 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
April 30: Haymarket Histories: An American Revolution?: A series on the Haymarket Affair’s anniversary starts with whether we can consider the Labor Movement a 19th century revolution.
May 1: Haymarket Histories: The May Day Strike: The series continues with a motivation, a debate, and an effect of one of the earliest nationwide strikes.
May 2: Haymarket Histories: Historical Ambiguities: What we’ll never know about Haymarket and what we can say anyway, as the series rolls on.
May 3: Haymarket Histories: The Trial: Two frustrating failures of and one inspiring moment from a farcical show trial.
May 4: Haymarket Histories: Remembering Haymarket: The series concludes with two existing ways to better remember Haymarket, and one I’d love to see.
May 5-6: Scholarly Tribute: Erik Loomis: A special weekend tribute post, on three ways to read the vital voice of one of our best labor historians.
May 7: Hap & Leonard Studying: ‘60s Legacies: A series on the wonderful SundanceTV show starts with three layers to its portrayal of ‘60s legacies in its ‘80s setting.
May 8: Hap & Leonard Studying: Redefining Lynching: The series continues with two important historical layers to the show’s amazing second season.
May 9: Hap & Leonard Studying: Crime and Punishment: Some of the show’s wonderful supporting characters from within the world of the justice system, as the series rolls on.
May 10: Hap & Leonard Studying: The Devil Went Down to Texas: A mythic and a very real context for the season three frame.
May 11: Hap & Leonard Studying: Interracial Friendship: The series concludes with adding the title characters to a fun and important list.
May 12-13: A Tribute to Michael K. Williams: A special weekend tribute to three stages in the evolution of one of our best actors.
May 14: Spring Semester Recaps: 19th Century African American Literature: A Spring semester reflection series starts with three texts I had never had the chance to read until I taught them in this course.
May 15: Spring Semester Recaps: American Literature I: The series continues with the long-overdue, vital step of including Yung Wing in my Am Lit I course.
May 16: Spring Semester Recaps: English Studies Capstone: Two education-focused texts I’ve used in Capstone and my search for a new one, as the series rolls on.
May 17: Spring Semester Recaps: American Literature II Online: Three texts that worked surprisingly well in my first online American Lit survey course.
May 18: Spring Semester Recaps: My Saturday Evening Post Gig: The series concludes with two things I’ve learned from my first few months at a new online writing gig.
May 19-20: Summer and Fall Previews: A special weekend post on three courses I’m looking forward to teaching in the semesters to come!
May 21: Irene Martyniuk’s Guest Post on Clara Barton: A series on the American Red Cross’s anniversary starts with my colleague’s Guest Post on its founder.
May 22: Nursing Histories: Molly Pitcher: The series continues with the myths and histories of an iconic war hero.
May 23: Nursing Histories: Walt Whitman: Three texts through which Whitman wrote about his experiences as a Civil War nurse, as the series rolls on.
May 24: Nursing Histories: WWI Nurses: How nurses can help us push beyond our understandable but simplistic images of wartime military service.
May 25: Nursing Histories: Medal of Honor Medics: The series concludes with three of the fifteen medics who received the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War.
May 26-27: PBS Documentary on the Chinese Exclusion Act: A special post highlighting both a vital new film and my Saturday Evening Post piece inspired by it.
May 28: BlockbusterStudying: The Fast and the Furious Series: A Memorial Day movie series starts with two ways to AmericanStudy the surprisingly popular franchise.
May 29: BlockbusterStudying: The Last Jedi: The series continues with the thoughtful questions behind a controversial character arc, and why they’re so vital.
May 30: BlockbusterStudying: Wonder Woman: The historical activist women who would appreciate a wondrous one, as the series rolls on.
May 31: BlockbusterStudying: Coco: The animated film that’s at least as culturally and historically significant as Black Panther.
June 1: BlockbusterStudying: Get Out: The series concludes with three of the many horror and genre film contexts for Jordan Peele’s blockbuster.
Next series starts Monday,
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